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Neck injury

07/30/2007

Question:

Hi, this past january i got sick, fainted and fell up against a wall, to the floor, resulting in my neck being bent up against the wall. I had severe pain the first day and could hardly move my neck. I don`t have health insurance. Since then my neck is much better but i still have chronic soreness and stiffness in my neck which is eased by cracking. And upon touching the area on my neck bones,where i feel the pain, the bone feels to be "pushed in". What do u think it could be? What else can i do to relieve my symptoms without having to resort to cracking? I still can`t afford health insurance and much less an orthopedic vist. I really appreciate you help

Answer:

Unfortunately, without a physician visit, there is no real way to ascertain what is wrong and, thus offer a substantive diagnosis and treatment suggestion. There are options through which uninsured individuals, mostly through hospitals. There are also usually local programs that enable persons like yourself to access needed care. We would suggest that you be proactive and see a physician to get the ball rolling.

Left undiagnosed, the pain could continue at its current level, worsen, or even more severe consequences (e.g., paralysis) could result, depending on the underlying diagnosis.

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Response by:

Stephen J Page, PhD Stephen J Page, PhD
Director of Research, Associate Professor
Drake Center
University of Cincinnati